Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Four and a Half

As a parent, it's fun to watch your kids grow... but it's also kind-of sad and heartbreaking all at the same time knowing that they won't stay little forever. Since we can't reverse time the next best option is to stop it but taking hundreds... and thousands of pictures. 

This is Everett at 4.5

(Bottom left corner of that picture is Breckie's hair! She was sitting on my lap)

"double four!!"

I adore all of these pictures. He was being so funny while I was taking them too. I never asked him to do anything except to look at the camera… everything else was all him!

Everett is such a good kid and a total blessing to our family!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beautiful Desert

My parents have been divorced for all but two years of my life so we spent a lot of time in the car traveling between Arizona and Colorado. It seemed like most of the drive was through New Mexico… the land of enchantment. 

That's such a courteous name for "land of the tumbleweed" or "desolation" or maybe even "brown town" but still, some people find the beauty there. 

And my Dad was one of those people. We would often hear him say how beautiful he thought it was and wonder if either he needed glasses or there was something we were missing. But over time I have fallen in love with the desert and I appreciate it's unique beauty. 

In fact, every time I go mountain biking I have to stop to take it all in. This was at sunrise a few days ago and all I had was my iPhone. 

I always have a great time when I'm out on a bike but this time it turned into a spiritual experience. There is just something about being in the mountains and watching the sun rise. 

The following morning I was running through the fields behind our neighborhood and found a single, wild sunflower. 

A little reminder that if we look close enough we can find the beauty and I'm glad my Dad taught us the see the beauty in everything. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dinner Dates

Last Monday we had a picnic at the park. It was perfect. 

We've had a lot of fun dinners lately. For some reason Jake and I have been invited out on double or groups dates once or twice a weekend for the past 4 weeks (at least). It's been so much fun and each time I fall more in love with Jake because he's just so hilarious. No wonder people like us ;) We feel so grateful for our group of friends and for good babysitters!

Just the other day we were talking about how life could have been so different if we had decided to buy a different house just one neighborhood over. I'm so glad we ended up where we are because it's been great. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Body Art

Breckie and Everett are SUCH opposites. So far it's been a lot of fun but lately Breckie has really been into coloring. 



 On her body, on the wall, on the table, on important papers in the office… 

On this particular day she found the smelly markers. Luckily everything has erasable or washable so far.  We never went though this with Everett so I have no idea how long it will last but I'm thinking I better start hiding everything that could make a mark!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bailey's Presents

Everett was invited to Bailey's birthday party. Bailey is a little girl in his preschool class. For two weeks he asked if today was Bailey's birthday. 

He picked out some "girly legos" for her and some mini M&M's. He helped me wrap her presents and make a card for her. 

Her party was from 1-3 and is was HOT. There was a bounce house and a playground and about 10 kids so Everett had a great time. Plus there were oreos and cupcakes… the best part of birthdays!

When Bailey was opening her presents Everett stood right next to her the whole time and announced that he got her legos and M&M's at least three times before she even opened his gift! He is so cute and loves birthdays so much and it was hilarious that he gave away her surprise so many times. 

I should probably make sure I throw him a party this year and teach him about NOT spoiling the surprise of giving gifts!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cute Trip To Ikea

We went to Ikea for a few picture frames for Breckie's room. Everett loves the play place there and we always get ice cream but this time they were extra cute. 

How cute are they??! I love it!

I actually need to take a frame back so I'm sure we'll go back sometime soon and repeat :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Too Much Love

It's almost like I'm afraid to put words with this post because I don't want to ruin how perfect these picture are!

There's just something about this picture of Everett that melts my heart. I don't know what it is, but I LOVE it. And when I look at that picture of Breckie I can almost hear her say, "Yook ik" and hold out her favorite eye liner pencil. 

Can you love your kids too much?? If you can, I think I'm there!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Argh Halloween! (squeek-squeek)

Some people don't like Halloween (which to totally cool) but we like it so we always have a good time. 

When I told Everett that he got to dress up again and wear his costume to school on Halloween he was a little confused: "we already had Halloween" (trunk-or-treat). So I told him it's like we get two Halloweens this year so he said he wanted to be a pirate … since ninja turtles are sooooo last week. 

Pirate want a cracker??

He even showed me his nasty pirate teeth...

He wore his costume to school yesterday and loved it. There was another little girl in his class that was a pirate too!

Breckie had no choice… I just made her minnie mouse and she didn't seem to mind. 

I feel like I'd pay a hundred dollars to get this picture in focus! She makes this face all of the time and I love it!!

She makes these faces a lot too. 

I forgot to draw on the nose and wiskers… I'm really wishing I had remembered now!

We had a GREAT Halloween. We were invited to a Halloween dinner with all kinds of genius halloween themed foods, had a neighborhood bonfire and passed out candy, and went trick-or-treating with friends. 

Both kids were super good all night and we had a great time. Everett and Breckie both loved knocking on doors and getting candy and meeting new neighbors. Plus it was nice and warm out! I'm kind-of excited to see what the kids want to be for Halloween next year...